A deep sense of gratitude

Last week my oldest daughter turned 21. We decorated the basement into a “club” and threw her a party—just the five us in the family. We drank too much alcohol, made TikToks, played beer pong, and had a delicious, yet simple dinner.

A few months ago, if I had told her that was how she was going to ring in her 21st birthday, she would have been pretty disappointed. She didn’t see her friends. She didn’t go to her favorite restaurant. She didn’t even get to use her ID to get served at a real bar.

But that evening she told us it was a perfect birthday.

These days are riddled with stress, frustration, and sadness. But they have also provided a sense of gratitude like never felt before.

Misc musings for today

Just some misc musings for today’s post…

One of the biggest global stories that broke today is that China misled the global community with regards to their COVID outbreak. I worry other nations will follow this example which is very scary.

I also worry about businesses that rely on public health information as they evaluate their decisions. Consider Apple re-opened up their China stores a few weeks ago no doubt based on positive (fictional) signs from the Chinese government.


As follow up to my ongoing guitar lesson/practice post, I canceled my Youscian subscription. I really couldn’t handle the content & design even though the instruction was pretty good.

My new guitar tutor is basically YouTube and a subscription to Ultimate Guitar. There are a ton of guitar lessons on YouTube. I learn the basics from watching a YT video and then I find the corresponding sheet music for the song on Ultimate Guitar for daily practice. It’s really great.

I’ll end this post with a link to a TikTok of me and my daughter. I am likely going to regret posting this in the future but for now if it will bring a smile or two to others then I’m good. And these days I’m pretty much doing anything my kids ask me to do, regardless of how embarrassing it is.

Stay well.